International Parental Child Abduction





State Clearinghouse on Missing Children

Reason to contact:

A state clearinghouse is an entity (usually law enforcement) that provides help in cases of parental child abduction.  For abductions TO the United States, they can help locate a child.  For abductions FROM the United States, they may serve as a resource to left-behind parents in filing missing person reports.

Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center ACTIC – Mail Drop 3900
Watch Center Supervisor CIRU Supervisor Interpol
State Liaison Arizona Department of Public Safety   
P.O. Box 6638
Phoenix, AZ  85005
Phone: (602) 644-5868


Law Enforcement

Reason to contact:

FBI Field Office
Phoenix Division
201 East Indianola Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 279-5511
Fax: (602) 650-3204

Department of Public Safety
Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Phone: 602-223-2000

Highway Patrol

Department of Transportation
Phone: (602) 712-7355

Port Authorities

Greater Yuma Port Authority
Phone: (928) 783-8911
Fax: (928) 329-1674

Nogales Port Authority

Arizona Airports Authority
Phone: (520) 398-6287
Fax: (520) 398-6287

Country-wide resources:
Removing, or attempting to remove, a child from the United States or retaining a child outside of the United States with the intent to obstruct parental rights is a Federal crime under the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act (18 U.S.C. 1204).  The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has jurisdictional authority for investigating Federal crimes.  FBI field offices are located throughout the U.S. and should be contacted if you have questions or believe your child has been or will be abducted outside of the United States.  To locate the FBI field office closest to you, access this link:



Reason to contact:

If you know your child is being taken to the airport as part of a possible abduction, contact the airport to request assistance.  You should have copies of all custody and legal documents ready to send by email or fax, if needed.  You can contact the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues to assist you as you undertake this process at or by calling 888-407-4747. 

Laughlin/ Bullhead International Airport, Bullhead City (IFP)
2550 Laughlin View Drive, Suite #117
Bullhead City, AZ 86429
Phone: (928) 754-2134
Fax: (928) 754-5156
Airport Security: (928) 754-2134
Mohave County Airport Authority: (928) 754-2134
Bullhead City Police Department
Phone: (928) 763-9200

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix (PHX)
Main Number: (602) 273-3300
Ground Transportation: 602 273-3383
Lost and Found: (602) 273-3333
Phoenix Police Department Airport Bureau
Phone: (602) 262-7626

Tucson International Airport, Tucson (TUS)
7250 S. Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85756
Information: (520) 573-8100
Ground Transportation: (520) 573-8374
Police: (520) 573-8182
Tucson Airport Authority
Airport Information staff is on call 24-hours for media assistance at (520) 573-8100.
Transportation Security Administration: (520) 746-8455

Yuma International Airport, Yuma (NYL)
2191 E. 32nd St. Suite 218
Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone: (928) 726-5882
Fax: (928) 344-4677
Airport Operations
Phone: (928) 726-5882 Ext. 160


Legal Aid

Reason to contact:

If you are party to an international parental child abduction case in the United States or abroad, a legal aid organization may be able to assist you with your legal representation.  Legal aid organizations provide legal assistance for free or for a reduced charge to eligible individuals.  Eligibility is generally based on income and resource ceilings as well as restrictions on the types of cases they will take. 

For information about legal aid and other legal referral resources, visit

Follow the prompts for the particular state in which you are seeking legal services.

Arizona Judicial Branch
Main Number: (602) 452-3300

Supreme Court
Clerk of the Court: (602) 452-3396

Family Law

State Bar of Arizona
Phone: (602) 252-4804 (from within Maricopa County)
1-866-482-9227 (toll-free outside Maricopa County)
Fax: (602) 271-4930

Arizona Attorney General

Locator Service
Division of Child Support Enforcement
Arizona Department of Economic Security
PO Box 40458
Phoenix, AZ 85067-0458
1-800-882-4151 (in-state only)/(602) 252-4045

Compensation Program For Crime Victims
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
1110 West Washington Street, Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2958
Phone: (602) 364-1146

Non-Profit Organizations
Contact Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO) toll-free at 1-877-263-2620 for a referral


Resources for State Statutes

Reason to contact:

The resources below may be a good starting place for determining whether statutes regarding abduction prevention exist in your state.  You may want to consult the website for the Attorney General’s Office of your state or with an attorney licensed to practice law in your state.  (Please note: the resources below may not be current and may change at any time.  They are provided for informational purposes only, and are not intended to consist of legal advice).

Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act (UCAPA) – Enactment by state

Family Abduction: Prevention and Response (6th Ed)

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